|Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture - TED.com|
Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability -- to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; art; arts; creativity; education; 2009
|Martin Villeneuve: How I made an impossible film - TED.com|
Filmmaker Martin Villeneuve talks about Mars et Avril, the Canadian sci-fi spectacular he made with virtually no money. In a charming talk, he explains the various ways he overcame financial and logistical constraints to produce his unique and inventive vision of the future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entertainment; film; TED2013; 2013
|Béatrice Coron: Stories cut from paper - TED.com|
With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. Striding onstage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, she describes her creative process and the way her stories develop from snips and slices.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; art; arts; creativity; storytelling; 2011
|Don Norman on 3 ways good design makes you happy - TED.com|
In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; creativity; design; happiness; 2003
|Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now! - TED.com|
Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world's greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child -- the artist who wanted to play forever. (Filmed at TEDxSeoul.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; writing; TEDxSeoul; 2010
|Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!) - TED.com|
Designer Jared Ficklin creates wild visualizations that let us see music, using color and even fire (a first for the TED stage) to analyze how sound makes us feel. He takes a brief digression to analyze the sound of a skatepark -- and how audio can clue us in to developing creativity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; music; visualizations; TED2012; 2012
|Dan Phillips: Creative houses from reclaimed stuff - TED.com|
In this funny and insightful talk from TEDxHouston, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he's built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxHouston; TED; Talks; architecture; creativity; design; green; technology; 2010
|Catarina Mota: Play with smart materials - TED.com|
Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: It's time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we'll figure out what they're good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Claron McFadden: Singing the primal mystery - TED.com|
"The human voice: mysterious, spontaneous, primal." With these words, soprano Claron McFadden invites us to explore the mysteries of breathing and singing, as she performs the challenging "Aria," by John Cage.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxAmsterdam; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; entertainment; music; 2010
|Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves - TED.com|
Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; entertainment; film; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Vik Muniz makes art with wire, sugar - TED.com|
Vik Muniz makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds. Here he describes the thinking behind his work and takes us on a tour of his incredible images.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; art; creativity; design; illusion; 2003
|Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the remix - TED.com|
Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; creativity; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral - TED.com|
A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station ... And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; arts; creativity; design; TED2011; 2011
|Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different? - TED.com|
"There's a flip side to everything," the saying goes, and in 2 minutes, Derek Sivers shows this is true in a few ways you might not expect.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; creativity; map; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! - TED.com|
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; creativity; education; invention; TED2010; 2010
|Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex - TED.com|
Economics writer Tim Harford studies complex systems -- and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; business; creativity; culture; society; 2011
|Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is. - TED.com|
Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; humor; literature; TED2012; 2012
|Beardyman: The polyphonic me - TED.com|
Frustrated by not being able to sing two notes at the same time, musical inventor Beardyman built a machine to allow him to create loops and layers from just the sounds he makes with his voice. Given that he can effortlessly conjure the sound of everything from crying babies to buzzing flies, not to mention mimic pretty much any musical instrument imaginable, that's a lot of different sounds. Sit back and let the wall of sound of this dazzling performance wash over you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entertainment; music; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Jessi Arrington: Wearing nothing new - TED.com|
Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TED but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It's a meditation on conscious consumption -- wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDActive 2011; TED; Talks; consumerism; creativity; culture; design; 2011
|Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach - TED.com|
Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; creativity; education; technology; 2012
|Tom Thum: The orchestra in my mouth - TED.com|
In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; live music; music; TEDxSydney; 2013
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|Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind - TED.com|
What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of boo
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; culture; entertainment; literature; TED2013; 2013
|Shilo Shiv Suleman: Using tech to enable dreaming - TED.com|
Has our technology -- our cell phones and iPods and cameras -- stopped us from dreaming? Young artist Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, as she demos "Khoya," her new storybook for iPad, which floats us through a magical world in 7 minutes of pure creativity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; INK Conference; TED; Talks; art; creativity; 2011
|Julie Taymor: Spider-Man, The Lion King and life on the creative edge - TED.com|
Showing spectacular clips from productions such as Frida, The Tempest and The Lion King, director Julie Taymor describes a life spent immersed in theater and the movies. Filmed right as controversy over her Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was at its peak, she candidly describes the tensions inherent within her creative process, as she strives both to capture the essence of a story--and produce images and experiences unlike anything else.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entertainment; film; theater; TED2011; 2011
|Liz Diller: A giant bubble for debate - TED.com|
How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of creating a welcoming, lighthearted (even, dare we say it, sexy) addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; creativity; TED2012; 2012
|Jinsop Lee: Design for all 5 senses - TED.com|
Good design looks great, yes -- but why shouldn't it also feel great, smell great and sound great? Designer Jinsop Lee (a TED Talent Search winner) shares his theory of 5-sense design, with a handy graph and a few examples. His hope: to inspire you to notice great multisensory experiences.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; TED2013; 2013
|David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence - TED.com|
Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; design; technology; TED2012; 2012
|The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames - TED.com|
The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; children; creativity; design; film; 2007
|Sunni Brown: Doodlers, unite! - TED.com|
Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension -- and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we're caught doodling in a meeting? Sunni Brown says: Doodlers, unite! She makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; creativity; culture; presentation; TED2011; 2011
|Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids - TED.com|
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; creativity; education; intelligence; TED2010; 2010
|Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul - TED.com|
In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a severe depression. Only music was able to lift her out again -- showing her that her goal needn’t be to play lofty concert halls, but instead to bring the wonder of the instrument to as many people as possible.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; live music; music; TED2013; 2013
|Mary Lou Jepsen: Could future devices read images from our brains? - TED.com|
As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention, creativity, thought. She meshes these two passions in a rather mindblowing talk on two cutting-edge brain studies that might point to a new frontier in understanding how (and what) we think.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; creativity; neuroscience; science; TED2013; 2013
|Alexa Meade: Your body is my canvas - TED.com|
Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it--literally. She covers everything in a scene--people, chairs, food, you name it--in a mask of paint that mimics what's below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; design; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Danielle de Niese: A flirtatious aria - TED.com|
Can opera be ever-so-slightly sexy? The glorious soprano Danielle de Niese shows how, singing the flirty "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss." Which, translated, means, as you might guess: "I kiss so hot." From Giuditta by Frans Lehár; accompanist: Ingrid Surgenor.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; entertainment; sex; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Maya Penn: Meet a young entrepreneur, cartoonist, designer, activist … - TED.com|
Maya Penn started her first company when she was 8 years old, and thinks deeply about how to be responsible both to her customers and to the planet. She shares her story -- and some animations, and some designs, and some infectious energy -- in this charming talk.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; entrepreneur; TEDWomen 2013; 2013
|Joshua Prince-Ramus: Building a theater that remakes itself - TED.com|
Joshua Prince-Ramus believes that if architects re-engineer their design process, the results can be spectacular. Speaking at TEDxSMU, Dallas, he walks us through his fantastic re-creation of the local Wyly Theater as a giant "theatrical machine" that reconfigures itself at the touch of a button.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; arts; creativity; design; theater; TEDxSMU; 2009
|Péter Fankhauser: Meet Rezero, the dancing ballbot - TED.com|
Onstage at TEDGlobal, Péter Fankhauser demonstrates Rezero, a robot that balances on a ball. Designed and built by a group of engineering students, Rezero is the first ballbot made to move quickly and gracefully -- and even dance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; engineering; robots; technology; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists - TED.com|
How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you're Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself -- from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; art; arts; creativity; design; storytelling; 2011
|Tom Shannon: The painter and the pendulum - TED.com|
TED visits Tom Shannon in his Manhattan studio for an intimate look at his science-inspired art. An eye-opening, personal conversation with John Hockenberry reveals how nature's forces -- and the onset of Parkinson's tremors -- interact in his life and craft.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; astronomy; creativity; illness; science; space; TED in the Field; 2009
|Tim Brown on creativity and play - TED.com|
At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play -- with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; art; creativity; design; education; 2008
|Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling - TED.com|
iPad storyteller Joe Sabia introduces us to Lothar Meggendorfer, who created a bold technology for storytelling: the pop-up book. Sabia shows how new technology has always helped us tell our own stories, from the walls of caves to his own onstage iPa
Keywords: TEDTalks; Full Spectrum Auditions; TED; Talks; creativity; design; entertainment; storytelling; technology; 2011
|Bjarke Ingels: 3 warp-speed architecture tales - TED.com|
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature -- they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating stunning views.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2009; TED; Talks; architecture; creativity; design; environment; green; 2009
|Scott McCloud on comics - TED.com|
In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; book; children; computers; creativity; design; entertainment; future; history; TED2005; 2005
|Raghava KK: Shake up your story - TED.com|
Artist Raghava KK demos his new children's book for iPad with a fun feature: when you shake it, the story -- and your perspective -- changes. In this charming short talk, he invites all of us to shake up our perspective a little bit.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; arts; book; creativity; design; entertainment; technology; 2011
|Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture - TED.com|
Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. At TEDxUSC 2010, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; creativity; culture; design; fashion; law; media; TEDxUSC; 2009
|Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes - TED.com|
Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there's still one minor drawback ...) and the potential is simply stunning.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; biology; biotech; creativity; design; materials; technology; 2011
|Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation - TED.com|
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; business; creativity; science; social change; work; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Frank Gehry asks "Then what?" - TED.com|
In a wildly entertaining discussion with Richard Saul Wurman, architect Frank Gehry gives TEDsters his take on the power of failure, his recent buildings, and the all-important “Then what?” factor.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; architecture; arts; business; creativity; culture; design; interview; invention; 2002
|Christopher Deam restyles the Airstream - TED.com|
In this low-key, image-packed talk from 2002, designer Christopher C. Deam talks about his makeover of an American classic: the Airstream travel trailer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; creativity; design; exploration; materials; transportation; 2002
|Newton Aduaka tells the story of Ezra - TED.com|
Filmmaker Newton Aduaka shows clips from his powerful, lyrical feature film "Ezra," about a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; arts; creativity; culture; entertainment; film; global issues; war; 2007